Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Thomas R. Atkinson, 91
Thomas Roth Atkinson, a 54-year resident of Westport, died Sept. 2 in Meriden. He was 91.
He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1922, the son of Thomas E. and Florence Roth Atkinson.
A 1942 graduate of Denison University, Granville, Ohio, he served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II. He graduated from the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1951, where he met and married his wife Sue, a fellow student in the doctoral program.
After graduate school, he spent a year with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Riverdale, N.Y. where he rewrote his doctoral thesis into a book, “The Pattern of Financial Asset Ownership: Wisconsin Individuals, 1949,” which was published by Princeton University Press.
Later he worked as an economist at the U.S. Federal Reserve in Atlanta and Scudder, Stevens and Clark, a New York City investment firm. He then served as director of economic research for the American Bankers Association and the final 15 years of his professional career were spent as director of economic research for General Motors Overseas.
Upon retirement in 1988, he and his wife taught economics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
During his time in Beijing, he was witness to the student occupation in Tiananmen Square. Later he and his wife taught for Johns Hopkins University/University of Nanjing Center.
He then taught a final term as a Fulbright professor at Jongchan in Guangzhou, China.
He was an enthusiastic sailor and a long-time member of Cedar Point Yacht Club. He also did research and wrote for the Westport Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sue, and four children: Barbara (Kip) Seely, St. Louis, Mo.; Thomas N. (Patricia) Atkinson, Portland, Conn.; Connie (Mark) Holberg, Watertown, N.Y.; and Jane (James) Prentice, W. Cornwall, Conn.; and nine grandchildren.
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I wish to express my sincerest condolences to Sue and her children. Sue was one of my professors at the University of Bridgeport more than a few years ago but I remember her quite fondly. I feel so sorry for her.
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